CANADA: DOUBT CAST ON ANANI'S TERRORIST CLAIMS
Zachariah Anani, a self-proclaimed former terrorist who now warns against Islam's so-called teachings of terror against Canada and the West, is imagining his past exploits as a mass murderer, according to a top jihad expert.
Tom Quiggin, Canada's only court-qualified expert on global jihadism and a former RCMP intelligence and national security expert, said Anani's tales of terror and murder just don't jibe with the time and place he claims to have been killing.
"Mr. Anani's not an individual who rates the slightest degree of credibility, based on the stories that he has told," said Quiggin, also a Senior Fellow at the Centre of Excellence for National Security in Singapore. . .
One key point, he said, is Anani's claim that he killed 223 people.
Anani has said he's 49 years old, which would mean he was born in 1957 or 1958, said Quiggin. If he joined his first militant group when he was 13, it would have been in 1970 or 1971. But the fighting in Lebanon did not begin in earnest until 1975, Quiggin said.
"His story of having made kills shortly after he joined and having made 223 kills overall is preposterous, given the lack of fighting during most of the time period he claims to have been a fighter," Quiggin said. "He also states he left Lebanon to go to Al-Azhar University at the age of 18, which would mean he went to Egypt in 1976. In other words, according to himself, he left Lebanon within a year of when the fighting actually started."
He also pointed to a story on WorldNetDaily in which Walid Shoebat, another ex-terrorist and friend of Anani, also claims to have killed 223 people, two-thirds of them with daggers.
"What a coincidence," Quiggin said.